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The coal loophole in sanctions on N Korea

Exports of the commodity continue to enter China despite ban, providing a lifeline to the North Korean economy

SOURCE OF HARD CURRENCY: A pile of coal on the bank of the Yalu River in Sinuiju city, North Korea, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong on March 14. China's Foreign Ministry said the country has always enforced UN sanctions and will 'strictly manage' businesses accordingly.


MORE than two weeks after the United Nations slapped harsh new sanctions on North Korea, several Chinese shipping and trade sources say they have not been told of any curbs on the import of coal from the isolated nation - a lifeline for its struggling economy.


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